We Tested 28 of the Best Setting Sprays, These 11 are Essential for Long-Lasting Makeup

Benefit Cosmetics Super Setter Pore-Minimizing Setting Spray is like a rain jacket for your makeup.

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After spending extra time blending your foundation, meticulously lining your waterline, and carefully tracing your lips, the last thing you need is for the weather (or your nerves) to cause a makeup meltdown. Luckily, there's a foolproof way to keep your makeup from dripping off of your face, and it requires only one extra step at the end of your makeup routine. A quick spritz of a setting spray is all it takes to ensure your makeup stays put for hours on end — while feeling completely weightless on the skin.

There are so many formulas to consider, and not all are created equal. To help you find the perfect setting spray for your skin type, we enlisted the help of a handful of reviewers to research the most popular options and try them out firsthand in our lab. We spritzed our way through 28 setting sprays — keeping finish, formula, and lasting power top of mind — to find the 11 best options. In the end, the Benefit Cosmetics Super Setter Pore-Minimizing Setting Spray caught our attention because of its pore-blurring finish and long-lasting hold, even after being splashed with water.

Keep reading to find the full list of best makeup setting sprays, according to InStyle testers.

Best Overall: Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional: Super Setter Pore-Minimizing Setting Spray

4.7
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional: Super Setter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Sephora

What We Love: It has a blurring effect that makes the skin look flawless.

What We Don't Love: It sits on top of skin, rather than melting into pores.

Setting sprays are known to be multi-functional, but this one from Benefit Cosmetics truly does it all. Although the ultra-fine mist feels completely weightless on the face, it shrinks the look of pores, locks makeup in place, and keeps it looking fresh for up to 16 hours. Even after our reviewer put it through extensive waterproof testing, her makeup didn't budge. "It's comparable to a little rain jacket for my makeup," she says. "I was surprised to find that my makeup didn't run, smear, or move at all even after giving it a good splash."

One of the best things about this setting spray is that it blurs enlarged pores — but, in order to do that, it sits on top of the skin. If you, like our tester, are part of the camp of beauty lovers that prefers products that melt into the skin, take note that this one doesn't quite do that.

Price at time of publish: $32

Size: 4 fl. oz. | Scented: No | Finish: Matte

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional: Super Setter Pore-Minimizing Setting Spray
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Best Value: Beauty Bakerie Spray Your Grace Baking Spray

4.8
Beauty Bakerie Spray Your Grace Setting Spray

Ulta

What We Love: You can prime and set your makeup with this mist.

What We Don't Love: The fragrance can be irritating for sensitive skin types.

When a brand has Beyoncé's stamp of approval, you know it's legit. Like all of Beauty Bakerie's creations, this product has adorable packaging, a sweet treat-inspired scent (vanilla, in this case), skin-loving ingredients, and incredible staying power.

Inside the pink and white spray bottle is a calming blend of aloe and ginger extracts that work to prep the skin for makeup and set everything in place. Although the lightweight mist contains hydrating ingredients, the setting spray doesn't leave skin feeling sticky or wet — rather, according to our tester, it settles into the skin on contact. Despite being splashed with water, she shares that her makeup didn't move or transfer, even when she blotted her face with a towel.

The fragrance, although addictive, is not for everyone. Our tester loved how subtle the scent was and noted that it didn't irritate her skin at all. However, those with sensitive skin might want to steer clear, especially if they have a tendency to react badly to fragrances.

Price at time of publish: $18

Size: 3.4 fl. oz. | Scented: Yes | Finish: Matte

Beauty Bakerie Spray Your Grace Baking Spray
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Best Drugstore: Pixi Beauty Makeup Fixing Mist

4.5
Pixi

Target 

What We Love: This makeup-perfecting spray works wonders on dry, flaky skin.

What We Don't Love: The fragrance could be more subtle.

We're not the first to say it and we certainly won't be the last: You don't need to spend a ton of money to find beauty products that actually work. Case in point: Kim Kardashian once shared that she swears by Pixi Beauty's glycolic acid toner, proving that the London-based brand doesn't mess around when it comes to high-quality formulations. Unsurprisingly, the line's makeup-fixing mist is stellar — it prolongs makeup wear and keeps it from melting, even when temps reach triple digits.

With ingredients like rose water, willow bark extract, and green tea, this hydrating and balancing pick is a great option for those with dry, flaky skin. "You can feel the refreshing ingredients settling into your skin right away," our tester shares. "It dried on contact and made my makeup look so smooth."

A few reviewers online felt that the spray gave off a strong rose smell. If you're easily bothered by fragrances, this one might not be for you. Rest assured, though, that our tester says the fragrance becomes less noticeable over time.

Price at time of publish: $22

Size: 2.7 fl. oz. | Scented: Yes | Finish: Soft-focus

Pixi Beauty Makeup Fixing Mist
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Best Hydrating: Rare Beauty Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist

5
Rare Beauty Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist

Sephora

What We Love: The hydrating mist transforms dull skin and gives it a healthy-looking, dewy finish.

What We Don't Love: Because it doesn't dry down all the way, it can transfer.

This multitasking spray from Rare Beauty takes care of your skin during every phase of your glam, starting with prep and carrying you throughout the day. It's formulated with hydrating ingredients like niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate to lock in moisture and make the skin look brighter and more plump.

To ensure skin stays calm through all day wear, the formula features a soothing botanical blend of lotus, gardenia and white water lily. Aside from giving her skin a healthy-looking glow, our tester found that it helped lock her foundation onto her skin. "It gave my makeup a very natural, glowy finish," she said.

Because of its damp texture, the tester says that her makeup transferred a little bit. "All in all, it was waterproof, but I noticed some of my makeup on the towel I used to blot my face during testing," she explains. "My foundation still looked untouched, though, which is all I care about."

Price at time of publish: $32

Size: 2.87 fl. oz. | Scented: Yes | Finish: Dewy

Rare Beauty Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist
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Best Water Resistant: Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

4.7
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Ulta

What We Love: Not even an unexpected rain shower can mess with this setting spray.

What We Don't Love: It doesn't spray as evenly as we would like.

Often labeled the MVP of setting sprays, this Urban Decay option remains a favorite among makeup artists and beauty lovers alike for a number of reasons. First, it's water-resistant — meaning it stands up to unexpected rainstorms, midday sweat and even romcom-induced tears for up to 16 hours. Our tester shares that even after splashing water on her face, her makeup barely moved. Second, those with oily skin will appreciate that the lightweight formula is infused with kaolin clay to absorb excess oil and control shine throughout the day. Lastly, the setting spray imparts a satin finish on the skin that isn't too dewy or too matte, but rather falls somewhere in between.

The spray bottle's nozzle is powerful and each spritz is pretty potent, especially when used up close. To avoid an uneven application, hold the bottle eight to 10 inches away from your face and spray it a couple times in an X and T formation.

Price at time of publish: $33

Size: 4 fl oz | Scented: No | Finish: Satin

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
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Best Matte Finish: One/Size by Patrick Starr On ‘Till Dawn Mattifying Waterproof Setting Spray

4.7
One/Size Patrick Starr On ‘Till Dawn Mattifying Waterproof Setting Spray

Kohl's

What We Love: This spray ensures a shine-free finish and keeps makeup from melting.

What We Don't Love: Because it's mattifying, skin can feel a little tight after application.

Those with oily skin can benefit the most from a good setting spray, given that they're most prone to a makeup meltdown. This one, which testers said was like "spraying air," is the key to a matte finish and makeup that stays where it's supposed to for up to 16 hours.

After the spray set, which happens almost instantly, the tester notes that her makeup looked smooth and poreless. Despite wearing a mask all day, she revealed that her skin stayed shine-free, except around her nose. "This worked wonders for my very oily skin, plus my makeup looked the same at the end of the day — still blurred with no creasing or caking," she says.

She also mentions that the spray made her face feel a little tight after application. Though it wasn't uncomfortable, it's something to keep in mind, especially if you have dry or easily irritated skin.

Price at time of publish: $27

Size: 3.4 fl oz | Scented: No | Finish: Matte

One/Size by Patrick Starr On ‘Till Dawn Mattifying Waterproof Setting Spray
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Best Dewy Finish: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Tatcha

What We Love: It imparts a gorgeous dewy finish and youthful glow on the skin.

What We Don't Love: We wish the bottle was bigger given the price.

After that elusive lit-from-within glow? All you need is a few spritzes of this dewy setting spray. Made with hydrating botanical oils, the formula works as a primer that can be used before applying makeup or as a way to refresh your skin throughout the day. "The mist feels weightless on the skin and gives it a subtle glow," our tester shares. It even helps combat signs of aging with the help of amino acids and other ingredients to increase collagen production — which also makes skin look plumper and more radiant.

It isn't lost on our tester that the price is pretty high, especially given the size of the product. "For $48, I would consider using this for special occasions rather than part of my everyday makeup routine," she explains. "I wish the bottle was bigger for the price, but it has beautiful results nonetheless."

Price at time of publish: $48

Size: 1.35 fl oz | Scented: Yes | Finish: Dewy

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
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Best for All Day Wear: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray

4.3
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray

Sephora

What We Love: It blends makeup into the skin with ease.

What We Don't Love: The nozzle can be fragile.

Anastasia Soare, the genius behind Anastasia Beverly Hills, has quite the extensive list of celebrity clients — Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Victoria Beckham to name a few. So it's only right that her line of beauty products leaves skin red carpet ready. Even our tester found that after a few spritzes, the setting spray helped her foundation sink into her skin and left behind a glowy yet indestructible finish. "This is one of the best setting sprays I've tried," she says. "It made my makeup melt into my skin and gave me a smooth-looking complexion."

The water-based formula can be used both before and after makeup application and goes on clear — which might be surprising given the bottle's shimmery packaging — to seal makeup in place.

Despite the rave review, there is one con: The nozzle. It broke for some users, causing either too much product to come out or none at all. "The mist came out a little aggressively, so you need to be careful with the nozzle," our tester shares.

Price at time of publish: $15

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray
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Best Long-Lasting: LAWLESS Glam Guard Long-Wear Setting Spray

Glam Guard

Sephora

What We Love: It keeps full glam makeup intact for up to 16 hours.

What We Don't Love: The pump can get stuck and cause leaking.

If you're looking for a setting spray that doesn't budge for all day and into the night, this is the one to grab. Ideal for big events, Lawless Beauty's lightweight mist keeps makeup looking freshly applied for hours on end — 16 to be exact. Unlike other sprays, it extends the life of your makeup without causing it to cake, crease, or settle into fine lines, which is great news for those with mature skin. The formula contains spherical elastomer powder, an ingredient known to absorb oil and reduce shine, as well as a blend of essential oils to refresh the skin.

One thing we'd like to call out is that after reading reviews online, a few users noted that their spray bottles leaked product from the pump. "I love the smell, the black bottle and the packaging, but something about my pump doesn't work right," one user writes. "It eventually got stuck and stopped spraying properly." If this happens to you, we recommend transferring the liquid into a separate spray bottle and continuing use as normal.

Price at time of publish: $20

Size: 1.7 fl oz | Scented: No | Finish: Natural

LAWLESS Glam Guard Long-Wear Setting Spray
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Best With SPF: Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set

Milani

 Walmart

What We Love: It has built-in UV protection and an antioxidant-rich formula.
What We Don't Love: The formula can make skin feel sticky.

No one wants their makeup to melt off their face, but protecting your skin against sun damage is equally as important as having flawless foundation. Luckily, Milani has combined makeup setting spray and SPF 30 into a single holy grail product. This micro mist acts like a glue to lock makeup in for the long haul (read: 16 hours) while shielding skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. It also features a lightweight feel and glow-boosting formula, making it perfect for daytime use.

Though you can simply spray on most setting sprays, Our tester shares that this one works best when blended into the skin with a makeup sponge, otherwise it felt sticky sitting on top of her skin.

Price at time of publish: $10

Size: 2.03 fl oz | Scented: Yes | Finish: Dewy

Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set
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Best for Sensitive Skin: Tower 28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray

4.2
Tower 28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray

Sephora

What We Love: It works like magic to soothe stressed out skin.

What We Don't Love: It smells like chlorine.

When your skin is acting up, turn to this Tower 28 mist. Formulated with sensitive skin in mind, this cult-favorite spray contains hypochlorous acid, an ingredient naturally produced by the body to fight redness and irritation, along with a whole slew of other pH-balancing components. It's even received the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance, so you know it's safe for all skin types.

The spray can be used throughout the day to help minimize the look of flare-ups and stressed skin, as well as keep makeup looking and feeling fresh. I personally keep the spray on hand at all times, especially on hot, humid days when my acne-prone skin needs a quick zhuzh. Even after splashing her face with cold water, our tester reported that her makeup stayed intact and didn't smudge when drying her face off with a towel. "I'm so impressed with the spray's durability, it seems to be entirely water-resistant," she notes. "If you're one to sweat a lot, this is the spray for you!"

Though hypochlorous acid is the hero ingredient, it gives the spray a chlorine-like fragrance — but that disappears as it dries. However, because of how effective this spray is at calming and refreshing angry skin, chances are, you'll be willing to overlook it.

Price at time of publish: $12

Size: 4 fl. oz. | Scented: Yes | Finish: Natural

Skin: Tower 28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray
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Our Testing Process

To start, we spent about a week researching the top-rated setting sprays on the market. After honing in on online ratings, we spent 30 hours putting the 28 most popular setting sprays to the test. We had each of our testers try the setting sprays over makeup so they could analyze the performance of each one and write down their insights during the process. If any product claimed to be waterproof, the testers splashed water on their face, then dabbed with a towel to note makeup that ran or transferred. In doing so, our testers rated each setting spray from a scale of 1 to 5 for three key categories: comfort, performance, and water resistance. Once the data was collected, we were able to narrow down the original pool of products to the 11 best setting sprays of 2022.

What to Keep in Mind

Ingredients

When it comes to selecting the right formula, professional makeup artist Jonet Williamson suggests starting with the ingredient list. From there, you can tailor it to your skin's needs and your glam style. While formulas containing alcohol can prolong makeup, they can be irritating, especially if you use it everyday. Be aware that a little goes a long way and, if you're sensitive to alcohol-based products, look for an alcohol-free formula.

Skin Type

"There's a setting spray for every skin type," Williamson shares. "If you're someone with dry skin, you'll want to use a setting spray with hydrating ingredients like essential oils and hyaluronic acid for added moisture (like the Rare Beauty Always An Optimist Mist); but for oily skin, you may want to use a setting spray that will also help control shine (like the ONE/SIZE Waterproof Setting Spray)."

Staying Power

As far as setting sprays are concerned, staying power is key — you want one that will ensure your makeup stays in place for as long as possible. Finishing sprays can offer hold from anywhere between 12 to 24 hours. (Our Best Overall pick, the Benefit Super Setter Setting Spray, has a staying power of up to 16 hours.) Consider how long you intend to wear your makeup and your location — if it will be hot out, if you will be sweating etc. These factors will help determine how long-lasting your setting spray should be.

Your Questions, Answered

How do you use a setting spray?

Regardless of your makeup expertise, Williamson assures InStyle that setting sprays can fit seamlessly into your existing routine. "Ideally, you'll want this to be the final step in your makeup routine," she explains. "Sprays should be spritzed about six inches from your face so that it falls lightly onto the skin." For some, it might be beneficial to prime the skin with the same spray or finish up with a sweep of powder to ensure long-wearing results. "A trick that I like to do for my clients with oily skin is to spray a layer of setting spray before and after makeup," Williamson adds. "For makeup that holds up under masks, I'd suggest double setting, which means using a setting powder and spray."

Can you apply setting spray to other parts of the body?

It's also important to note that setting spray isn't exclusively for your face makeup; it can also be applied to the eyes and lips. In addition to locking your glam in place, Williamson recommends using a setting spray to take your eyeshadow to new heights. "Setting sprays can also come in handy when doing your eye makeup," she says. "It can turn a matte shadow into a cream liner and intensify the color payoff of shimmery shadows." To put this tip into action: dip your brush into the powder first, then give a spritz of setting spray before tapping onto your lids or swiping across your lash line — you'll notice the impact immediately.

What Is InStyle Picks?

Did you notice the InStyle Picks seal of approval at the top of this story? That means our team of testers has reviewed every product on this list using a unique methodology to ensure it's really worth your time, money, and attention. We may get samples for free to try but we never promise positive (or any!) coverage in exchange. Put simply: InStyle Picks are products we love, and we've put them to the test to be sure you will too.

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